August 24, 2012      

PHYSORG?Scientists from the Adaptive Systems Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom have discovered that a robot analogous to a child between 6 and 14 months old has the ability to develop rudimentary linguistic skills.

Initially the robot can only babble and perceives speech as a string of sounds, not divided up into words.

After engaging in a few minutes of "conversation? with humans, during which the participants were instructed to speak to the robot as if ...

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